Friday, October 28, 2011

Special Diets for Special Kids

With the holidays approaching, thoughts of comfort food come to mind. For kids with special dietary restrictions, however, it can be difficult to find just the right recipes. Lisa Lewis has combined her first two volumes of Special Diets for Special Kids into one book. The first three chapters focus on dietary intervention in detail while the remainder of the book is saved for hundreds of recipes! It also has a CD of printable recipes so you can keep your favorites in your own way.

Check out this title by emailing us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Attention girls! A guide to learn all about your AD/HD

Looking for something specifically for girls with AD/HD? Attention girls!: A guide to learn all about your AD/HD might be just the trick. This book, written by a woman with AD/HD herself, addresses the different types of attention deficit disorders, who to turn to for help, differences between girls and boys with AD/HD, making friends, medication, and more. The book examines fictional characters displaying different symptoms and offers guidance for each one.

Want to check it out? Email us at, or use or Evergreen to find it in a library near you.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- A Special Phone

Need a way to make a phone call without looking at the phone itself? You might like the app A Special Phone. This cool app lets iPhone users shake their phone to dial a specific number. Or simply touch your finger anywhere on the screen, and the app will tell you which number you are touching. This is great for folks with low or no vision or anytime you can't use your eyes to dial.

To learn more, visit:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Break

CeDIR will be closed Friday, October 21.
We will reopen on Monday
October 24.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CeDIR Citings -- Focus on Nutrition

The latest issue of CeDIR's newsletter, CeDIR Citings, has been released, and its focus is on nutrition. With Fall coming on, our thoughts turn to comfort foods, and this issue is packed with resources. Whether it's library books or websites on nutrition or information on the difference between food allergies and intolerances, you'll find it in this issue.

To read this latest issue of the newsletter, visit:

To see a list of past issues, visit:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monroe County Money Smart Week

$$Money $mart Week$$

Wondering where to refer clients with disabilities who need to become more financially savvy? On Friday, October 14th at the Monroe County Public Library, there will be a Kickoff Event and Fair to the Monroe County Money Smart Week. Gather in the public library's atrium where Bloomington's mayor and members of local financial literacy groups will discuss the events for the week. Local service providers will also be on hand to  show off the tools needed to master finances.

For service providers:
On Monday, October 17, 2011 from 3:15-5:00 pm at Bloomington City Hall, providers who serve people from Monroe, Brown, Greene, and Owen counties will come together to share information about their services and to connect with colleagues.

Registration is from 2:45 to 3:15 pm. From 3:15 to 4:40 pm, each organization will have two minutes to share about their programs that help clients become and stay financially stable. After the event, there will be a reception in the atrium where you can enjoy refreshments and pick up brochures from other agencies. Feel free to bring your brochures -- about 50 copies -- to place on the information tables in the atrium.

RSVP by Friday, October 7 to Ashley Hall at In your RSVP, please indicate if you would like to give a brief (2 minute) presentation about your programs and services and/or if you would like to bring brochures for the resource tables.

For more information, contact Ashley Hall at United Way of Monroe County: 812-334-8370 or

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Braille Trainer

Looking for an app to help teach the Braille system? Braille Trainer uses vibrating sound to simulate the arrangement of the dots for each letter. Text can be added by the teacher and the student can feel the letter pad and receive immediate feedback. To make it more challenging, decrease the letter size.

Learn more about this app at:

Friday, October 7, 2011

Community Recreation for Young Athletes

Looking for a fun way to get young athletes with disabilities involved in physical recreation? TOPSoccer is a community-based program for athletes with disabilities; both physical and cognitive. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning, playing, and falling in love with soccer to any player (age 8 and older) who has a disability. The goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become successful members of US Youth Soccer, Indiana Soccer, and Cutters Soccer Club families.

On Monday, October 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., a TOPSoccer event will take place at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington on Field 2. Directions to the park and a map can be found at:

TOPSOCCER ATHLETES -  any players (age 8 and older), which have a mental or physical disability. Print out and complete Registration Packet (online at the Indiana Soccer website Be sure to wear soccer equipment - cleats (or tennis shoes), shin guards, water bottle, and a WHITE shirt.

TOPSOCCER BUDDIES - volunteers age 12 and older, will help the athletes to understand concepts, activities, and encourage them through the session. To register email or call Joshua Budd at 812-630-5528 or Buddies should wear soccer clothes, cleats, and a RED shirt (preferably Cutters if you have one).

Questions? Contact Joshua Budd at 812-630-5528 or

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ralph Braun Foundation

Need some help purchasing a mobility product? Now through the end of November, applications are being accepted by the Ralph Braun Foundation to help cover the cost of purchasing an accessible vehicle.

Applicants must have already been through evaluation and have targeted the appropriate mobility product to best meet their needs. When pricing has been established and the individual is able to produce most of the purchase amount but still remains short of the total amount necessary for the purchase, the Foundation will entertain proposals written by an applicant in conjunction with his/her mobility dealer for up to $5000. The mobility dealer must be a member in good standing of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

For more information, visit:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Public Invited to Awards Ceremony and Workshop

October 3, 2011

For more information, please contact:
Craig Brenner, Special Projects Coordinator, Community and Family Resources, City of Bloomington, 812.349.3471,
Jared Schlemmer, Communications Director, City of Bloomington, 812.349.3406,

City Council for Community Accessibility Invites Public Invited to Awards Ceremony and Workshop

Bloomington, IN -- Mayor Mark Kruzan and the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is sponsoring an awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 N. State Road 46 Bypass. The ceremony, which is open to the public, recognizes individuals and groups in Bloomington who make our community a better place for people with disabilities.

The program includes light desserts, live music, and keynote and annual awards presentations. Sally Conway, director of Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will give the keynote address. The awards ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. and will include the Mayor's Award presented by Kruzan and sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College.

Those planning to attend or needing accessibility accommodations should RSVP to Craig Brenner by Friday, Oct. 28 by calling 812-349-3471 or e-mailing

In addition to the awards ceremony, the CCA is sponsoring a free workshop on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Conway will give a talk entitled, "The ADA: How the New Accessibility Regulations Affect You!" and she will highlight recent and upcoming changes in ADA regulations regarding governmental organizations and public accommodations. People who have disabilities or who advocate for those with disabilities, people who work for governmental organizations, and business owners and employees should all be familiar with the new regulations.

Workshop participants will learn about the new definition of service animal, new requirements for accessible seating and ticketing, new definitions of wheelchairs and powered mobility devices, and how the ADA applies to new communications technologies. Barbara McKinney, director of the City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission, will talk about local accessibility issues. The workshop will include a continental breakfast.

Major underwriters for the ceremony and workshop include Ivy Tech Community College and Cook, Inc. Sponsors include Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, IU Health, Options, Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living and Stone Belt Arc, Inc, and the IU Credit Union.

For more information and to RSVP or to request accessibility accommodations, contact Craig Brenner, Special Projects Coordinator, Community and Family Resources, at 812.349.3471 or

Monday, October 3, 2011


Looking for an app to help with communication? Try Look2Learn. This app uses pictures to express wants and needs. With features such as the ability to adjust picture sizes and a vocal output that is not the typical robotic speech, this app assists individuals with fine motor and /or visual impairments in addition to those with a speech and language disorder.